Students-At-Risk

The Students-at-Risk (SAR) Case Team manages situations involving students-at-risk of harm to themselves or others due to mental well-being, social challenges, or other concerns. Our goal is to connect the students with the appropriate service(s) that will address each unique situation and provide the student with support to enable a healthy and successful future.

A case team approach is utilized to support students-at-risk to facilitate information transfer and to provide a coordinated response to these situations. The Students-at-Risk Case Team meets regularly and on an as-needed basis to discuss any pertinent issues regarding at-risk behaviour.

For more information please see the Student-at-Risk Protocol, visit the Resources page and/or download a PDF copy of “the orange folder” Identifying & Responding to Students in Distress.

Who is considered a Student-at-Risk?

“Student-at-Risk” means any student whose physical or mental state is such that they may be or have become a threat to her/himself, others, the educational process or the Brock community in general. This state may or may not involve allegations of misconduct by the student.

It’s important Brock faculty and staff have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with these protocols in order to be able to report any behaviours of concern to the appropriate office for follow-up as soon as possible.

If you are a Brock student and need assistance, contact Personal Counseling in the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre at 1-833-Brock33 or 911 in case of emergency.

Many questions are asked about appropriate ways to address disconcerting student behaviours. What’s most important to remember is there are trained colleagues and established protocols on campus to assist in these situations. If you are not sure, it is okay to find support for a student.

To report a student who might be at risk, but is not in an emergency situation:

You can complete an online reporting form that is confidential and can be anonymous.
SUBMIT A REFERRAL HERE

You can also report by contacting the Manager, Student Affairs:

Darryl Veld
905-688-5550 ext. 4041
dveld@brocku.ca

For on-campus emergencies call Campus Security x3200 from any campus phone or emergency phone (blue light phone on campus). Campus Security will alert the appropriate authorities.

In off-campus situations, the appropriate response to a truly life-threatening situation is to call 911.

Even if the student does not “want assistance,” call Campus Security or 911 anyway and allow EMS to handle the situation.

Students requiring immediate help because of severe psychological difficulties are usually seen within the hour Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 4:30pm at:

Student Wellness & Accessibility, Personal Counselling 1-833-Brock33

Student Health Services x3243

For situations requiring immediate assistance or with after hours crisis situations call Campus Security x3200 from any campus phone or emergency phone (blue light phone on campus).

When calling for assistance, it’s important to identify that it is a crisis situation.

In the event of a direct reference to suicide or a suicide attempt, immediately call:

On-Campus – Campus Security x3200 from any campus phone or emergency phone (blue light phone on campus).

Off-Campus – Call 911

Indirect references should be referred to Personal Counselling at 1-833-Brock33 or Student Health Services at x3243 or reported through the SAR process

Indirect references to suicide may include the following:

  • Statements or comments about wanting to die.
  • Expressed feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness or helplessness.
  • Feelings the world/family/friends would be better off without them.
  • Unreasonable feelings of guilt.

Intervention varies with the severity of the offending behaviour, however, all threats of physical violence causing bodily harm and specific threats to self or others must be reported to Campus Security at x3200.

If a student is exhibiting continuing disruptive behaviour and you are concerned, submit a referral through the SAR process

In case of an apparent drug overdose or severe drug reaction, call:

On-Campus – Campus Security x3200 from any campus phone or emergency phone (blue light phone on campus).

Off-Campus – Call 911

If a student appears to have a pattern of substance abuse, it’s important to attempt to refer the student to Personal Counselling at 1-833-Brock33 to be connected with a Community Addiction Services of Niagara (CASON) representative.

If the student refuses to be supported or referred to counseling, respect their decision. Accepting or refusing assistance must be left up to the student, except in emergencies, when life is in danger. If you are concerned that the student might be at risk, report through the SAR process.